By Johnny Papan
July 13, 2019
A sea of studded vests, coloured mohawks and alcohol-glazed smiles flooded the PNE Amphitheatre for Punk In Drublic. Beer sample tokens were given to early-arriving patrons who enjoyed a selection of more than 40 local crafts beneath the clear blue sky. The stage was beautifully complemented by a mountain backdrop as The Last Gang took the stage around 2 pm.
After explosive performances by Chixdiggit, the politically-charged Anti-Flag and Vancouver’s own Celtic-punk powerhouse The Real McKenzies, co-headliner Bad Religion commanded the stage with a mix of new tracks and classic fan-favourites, resulting in a unified echo of singing from the crowd throughout. After nearly 40 years on the mic, Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has not lost a step in his voice.
The night ended with punk-rock pranksters NOFX hitting the stage. Frontman Fat Mike stepped onstage in a burgundy dress as the band played hard-hitting tracks that unleashed chaos within the many mosh pits. The band conversed with crude banter between songs as Fat Mike took straight shots of liquor, slowly hitting a charmingly drunken-haze and sometimes forgetting what songs he was supposed to be playing. NOFX fans understand that it’s part of the show.
The band ended their set with an ensemble dance number and a pre-recorded racy show-tune about how “everyone’s a little bit racist.”Bad Religion, NOFX, PNE Ampitheatre